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City Barrydale

Barrydale (Western Cape Province) was formed at the beginning of the 18th century when farmers were looking for fertile land to grow crops. The land around the current Barrydale was found to be very suitable and even now you will get many vineyards and orchards. In the winter months, oranges, pears and apples are harvested in the summer and it is the time for figs, apricots and grapes.

Barrydale is located on the north side of the Tradouw pass and the beautiful and varied Route 62. Whoever drives this route, will see a store near Barrydale along the road with the inscription: Ronnie's Sex Shop. In this shop there are no sex items, but a bar to eat and drink. The title was officially "Ronnie's shop", but friends of the owner Ronnie added the "sex" to it. Nowadays tourists stop here from all over the world, but the locals go for a drink in the bar.

In this area there are various types of wildlife, as you can see monkeys, dassies, snakes or klipspringers on the rocks on the way. But even more rare species such as otters, jackals and leopards can still be seen here. You can also spot large birds of prey (e.g., the black eagle) that soar above the valleys looking for prey. Vegetation in the mountains includes Fynbos and succulent.

A few tips if you visit Barrydale: The Blue Cow coffee shop at the foot of the Langeberg mountain range where you can enjoy a coffee and a wonderful view. There is also the Clarke and the Country Pumpkin restaurant in the Karoo. Art lovers can visit the Magpie Art Collective Gallery where art objects are made from recycled material or you can visit the Barrydale Hand Weavers, a project where people work without weaving and it is taught in order to generate revenue. Botanists can visit the Barrydale Heritage Garden. Looking for some more action? Take a tour in the Tradouw Valley (between Barrydale and Montagu) on a quad bike.

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